Turkish opposition MPs invited to Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 5 / Trend A. Huseynbala /
Turkish opposition MPs have been invited to Azerbaijan.
"While staying in Turkey, we invited a group of opposition MPs from Nationalistic Movement and People's-Republican parties to Azerbaijan," Ana Veten party chairman, MP Fazail Agamali, told Trend today.
Turkish and Armenian foreign ministers Ahmet Davutoglu and Edward Nalbandian signed the protocols on restoration of diplomatic relations between Ankara and Yerevan in Zurich on October 10.
Diplomatic relations between Armenia and Turkey have been broken due to Armenia's claims of an alleged genocide, and its occupation of Azerbaijani lands. The border between them has been broken since 1993.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan lost all of Nagorno-Karabakh except for Shusha and Khojali in December 1991. In 1992-93, Armenian armed forces occupied Shusha, Khojali and seven districts surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. -- are currently holding peace negotiations.
Agamali said that MPs promised to arrive in Azerbaijan.
"I think that this visit can be held on the eve of discussion of the protocols, signed between Ankara and Yerevan, in the Grand National Assembly (Parliament)," MP said.
He said that the Turkish opposition parties oppose approval of these protocols in the parliament. So, it is very important to discuss this issue with parliamentarians of the fraternal country again. "I would like to stress I am cautious with the promises made by Turkish officials that the protocols will not be approved without solving the Nagorno-Karabakh problem. Our ties with the opposition parties in Turkish parliament must be more intensive," Agamali said.
A delegation of 11 people, led by the Milli Majlis Committee for Foreign and Inter-Parliamentary Relations chairman, visited Turkey in October.
A delegation headed by the Turkish Parliament Commission for Foreign Relations, Murad Marjan arrived in Azerbaijan in late October.
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